It’s been a pretty brutal summer thus far, and if you find yourself wanting to cool down there is no better way to do so than by watching a movie at home. So why not take a look at some of these new releases that will help get your mind off of the dog days of summer. This week’s highlights include a collection of classics from Marilyn Monroe, rare films starring John Garfield and Mario Lanza, and much, much more. So sit, back, relax and beat the heat with one of these great releases!
The engaging comedy “Let’s Make Love” (1960) concerns a millionaire (Yves Montand) who’s determined to shut down a stage show that’s burlesquing him…until he falls for cast member Marilyn Monroe! Tony Randall, Wilfrid Hyde-White co-star under George Cukor’s direction. Three-disc set also includes “All About Eve,” “As Young As You Feel,” “Let’s Make It Legal,” “Love Nest,” “Don’t Bother To Knock,” “Monkey Business (1952),” “O. Henry’s Full House,” “We’re Not Married,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “How To Marry A Millionaire,” “Niagara,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Bus Stop,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Misfits.”
Back home and bitter from his military service, grifter John Garfield opts to pick up where he left off, scheming with his former cronies to romance, then rook, rich young widow Geraldine Fitzgerald. When he does fall in love with his target, however, he’ll have to think fast and shoot faster when his partners start looking for the payout. Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson, George Coulouris co-star.
Classic boxing drama stars John Garfield as a young fighter from the New York slums who aligns himself with racketeers and crooked promoters as he slugs his way to the middleweight championship, then faces a crisis of conscience when he’s told to throw a bout. With Lilli Palmer, Anne Revere, Lloyd Gough, Canada Lee; directed by Robert Rossen (“The Hustler”).
Celebrate over 75 years of eye pokes, pie fights, and slapstick Stoogery with this two-disc salute to the beloved knuckleheads. Along with the Stooges shorts “Disorder In The Court” (1936) and “Sing A Song Of Six Pants” (1947), you’ll also see Moe, Larry, and Shemp in a rare 1949 TV appearance with Ed Wynn; Shemp working solo in the 1934 shorts “Henry The Ache” and “Knife Of The Party”; a selection of 1960s “The New Three Stooges” cartoons; the documentary “A Three Stooges Celebration”; and more.
Shadoe Stevens fans rejoice! All 26 episodes from the third season–including “Cleanliness Is Next to Nakedness,” “Death of a Saleswoman,” “Pardon My Nuptials,” “Loves Me Like a Rock,” and “It’s Not About That, Either”–are featured in a three-disc set.
Federal Men (Three-Disc Collector’s Set)
Sixteen episodes–including “The Case of the Bad Bargain,” “The Case of the Gentleman Cheat,” “The Case of the Tight Squeeze,” “The Case of the Princely Pauper,” and “The Case of the Slippery Eel”–are featured in a three-disc set.
A shy, repressed girl (Virginia Madsen) from a Catholic boarding school and a street-tough youth (Craig Sheffer) from a neighboring reformatory meet by chance and are drawn to each other. But when their forbidden relationship is discovered, the lovers find themselves on the run from the Church, their parents, and the law. Intense drama also stars Jon Polito, Jean Smart, D.B. Sweeney.
A divorced mother (Terri Garr) finds love with a handsome stranger (Peter Weller), but her oldest son’s (Christopher Collet) suspicions about her charming new boyfriend lead to conflict and disturbing discoveries that put the family’s lives in danger. Director Michael Apted’s powerful and suspenseful drama also stars Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr.
Gripping, noir-flavored drama stars John Garfield as a lawyer who traded principles for success and now works for a powerful New York mobster seeking to drive the city’s small-time numbers rackets–including one run by Garfield’s brother–out of business by any means necessary. Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, and Roy Roberts also star.
Former Civil War compatriots Devil Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton) return to their respective homes in West Virginia and Kentucky where they soon find themselves embroiled in a bitter and bloody family feud. Forces rally behind each man, nearly escalating hostilities into an all-out war between the states. Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Jena Malone also star in this three-part History Channel miniseries about the legendary conflict.
Three of beloved author Jodi Picoult’s works adapted into Lifetime telefilms are collected in this two-disc set. First, suicide is “The Pact” (2002) made between two troubled teenagers, one of whom survives to face the judgment of the families involved. Megan Mullally, Henry Czerny star. Next, an Amish girl (Alison Pill) is charged with the murder of an infant, in “Plain Truth” (2004). With Mariska Hargitay, Jan Niklas. Finally, a teacher (James Van Der Beek) faces terrible accusations of misconduct, in “Salem Falls” (2011). Sarah Carter, Amanda Michalka co-star.
High school senior Miley Cyrus has to work through pretty much the same crises that other kids do, from splitting with a cheating boyfriend to wondering if her best guy pal could be something more. Keeping a journal sounded like it would help, at least until hysterical hover mom Demi Moore got her hands on it! Coming-of-age comedy, a remake of French director Lisa Azuelos’ 2008 comedy of the same name, co-stars Ashley Greene, Douglas Booth, Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon.
The “Buddies” franchise brings some adorable four-pawed friends to the confines of a mysterious mansion. Because the pups are out to thwart the chilling deeds of a dastardly warlock, they make no bones about befriending a friendly ghost willing to add some bite to their bark. Harland Williams, Sierra McCormick, and Elisa Donovan star.
Legendary Chinese-American sleuth Charlie Chan (voiced by Keye Luke) wasn’t just prolific at crimebusting, as this 1972-73 Saturday morning effort shows. His brood of 10 kids–Henry, Stanley, Suzie, Alan, Anne, Tom, Flip, Nancy, Mimi, and Scooter–pooled their skills (and nominal help from Pop) to solve mysteries as they trotted the globe.
Escaping the nets of Nazi intelligence, Dutch freedom fighter Paul Henreid lands in Lisbon, where he’s given succor by an underground resistance cabal. Ringleader Sydney Greenstreet, however, believes that there’s a mole in their ranks, and Henreid offers his aid in unmasking the traitor. Superlative spy drama co-stars Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen.
The epic made-for-television presentation of John Jakes’ American Bicentennial saga begins with “The Bastard” (1978), starring Andrew Stevens as the illegitimate son of an English nobleman who journeys through England, France, and Revolutionary America to gain his rightful inheritance. Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, Lorne Greene, William Shatner, and Tom Bosley also star. Next, the Kent chronicles continue in the sequel “The Rebels” (1979), as Philip Kent (Stevens) fights for American independence while at last confronting his father, the Duke of Kentland. Cattrall, Don Johnson, and Richard Basehart co-star. Finally, the historical trilogy concludes with “The Seekers” (1979), which focuses on Jarod Kent leaving the abusive household of his guardian brother to explore the Northwest Territory. Randolph Mantooth, Timothy Patrick Murphy, Ross Martin, George Hamilton, and Delta Burke star.
An unhappily married older woman begins a passionate affair with a teenager, hiding him in the attic of her house at night and bringing him down during the day when her husband’s away. Anne Archer, Neil Patrick Harris, Len Cariou star in this steamy made-for-TV drama, based on a true story.
This vintage actioner chronicles the experiences of a group of plane crash survivors who become desperate to thrive in their new jungle home. Stuck with seemingly no chance of rescue, the passengers attempt to deal with harsh terrains–and each other–in order to stay alive. Rory Calhoun, Virginia Grey, George Cleveland, Thurston Hall star.
After their chance encounter in the street, desperate divorcee Geraldine Fitzgerald, corrupt lawyer Sydney Greenstreet, and hard-drinking thug Peter Lorre agree on a whim to split a sweepstakes ticket, thinking it might change their respective situations for the better. Fate proves to have other plans in this moody effort scripted by John Huston; Joan Lorring co-stars.
Talking pups Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud travel to Egypt in search of treasure located somewhere in the ancient ruins. Can they sniff out its secret location before a bad cat gets his claws on it first? This action-packed installment of the family-friendly adventure series stars Richard Riehle, Mason Cook, Ranya Jaber, and the voice of Tucker Albrizzi as Budderball.
Hilarious WWI satire supervised by Mack Sennett about an aviator on a dangerous mission in Germany. Trying to uncover enemy plans, he dons women’s clothing and turns into a Mata Hari-like spy. Features cameos throughout from Mack Swain, Ben Turpin, Edgar Kennedy, and others.
For his penultimate big-screen performance, Mario Lanza shone in this music-filled romance in which he plays a TV star who travels to Rome to rekindle his relationship with his girlfriend following an argument. But while overseas, Lanza finds true love with a pretty Italian girl. Renato Rascel, Marisa Allasio, and Peggie Castle also star; songs include “Arrivederci Roma,” “Italian Calypso.”
Mario Lanza’s final movie casts him as an opera singer who attempts to raise money to help his deaf girlfriend by performing concerts throughout Europe. Although Lanza’s health was faltering during the film’s production, his voice is still magnificent. Among the numbers featured: “La Donna e Mobile,” “Oh Mon Amour,” and “Ave Maria.” Zsa Zsa Gabor, Johanna von Koczian co-star.
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